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Tool Created for Discerning Fake News


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A study from researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and Indiana University demonstrated novel tools for flagging fake news on social media platforms — a stop sign icon and the statement "Declared Fake by 3rd Party Fact-Checkers."

The team first tested the interventions for one second and five seconds. One second is sufficient to induce an automatic gut reaction, and five seconds can record the effect of critical thinking. This was accompanied by a brief explanation of the warnings, while a second test used both warnings together, with users being trained partway through the study. Some participants received awareness training while others did not.

The researchers found that the combination of the stop sign, statement, and awareness training had the biggest impact.

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